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Aura Wales secures ‘Your Community, Your Choice’ funding from North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

Aura Wales’ Sports Development team has been awarded £2,000 by the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle anti-social behaviour and to promote community engagement and physical activity amongst young people in Flintshire.

Through the ‘Your Community, Your Choice’ scheme, Aura’s sports hubs have received funding to further support their efforts in the Deeside area. Police Community Support Officer, Thomas Maddocks, played an integral role in facilitating this funding opportunity by highlighting existing collaborative efforts which have helped drive positive change within the community.

Additional financial support has also been received from the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) funding initiative, spearheaded by Dave Evans, PACT Manager. This funding contribution will be instrumental in sustaining Aura’s community sports hubs across Flintshire, ensuring accessible and inclusive opportunities for young people to participate in sports and recreational activities are available on their doorstep.

At the awards ceremony held in February 2024, Aura was represented by two of its School & Community Sports Co-ordinators, Josh McEwan and Daniel Font, who received the cheque for funding on behalf of the Sports Development team. Their dedication and commitment, together with that of their colleagues in Sports Development, has been pivotal in securing the funding, and to the wider success of the community sports hubs and the positive impact they have had on young people’s lives.

Andy Dunbobbin, North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Supporting communities is a key part of my plan for policing and tackling crime in the region and our communities in North Wales are resilient and caring places. Organisations like Aura Wales are the backbone of these neighbourhoods, they step in and step-up day after day to help and support their communities and I cannot thank them enough for their work.”

Ashley Rogers, PACT Chairman, commented: “’Your Community, Your Choice’ is all about helping communities and empowering organisations and individuals to make a difference for local residents. We are all richer for their work. The funding for the initiative is made even more special by the fact that it comes partly from money seized from criminals, meaning that it is paid back to the people. I am very pleased that we have been able to support Aura Wales this year and hope that the funding awarded continues to make a difference for a long time to come.”

Sian Williams, Aura’s Leisure Development Manager, noted: “We are incredibly grateful for the support received from the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and PACT. The funding will enable us to expand our reach and impact within the Deeside community and reinforces our commitment to providing opportunities for youths to engage in sport and recreation. Our community hubs are representative of Aura’s desire to support a more connected community in Flintshire, empowering young individuals to lead active lifestyles and realise their full potential.”

Photo (left to right):
Andy Dunbobbin, North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Josh McEwan and Daniel Font, Aura Wales, Ashley Rogers, Chairman of PACT, and Chris Allsop, Assistant Chief Constable at North Wales Police.

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